Trudy Parsons

MBA, C.I.M., P.Mgr.
Executive Vice-President

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Trudy ParsonsTrudy has more than 25 years of expertise in sectoral, industry-specific, and local, regional, provincial and national workforce development. Trudy has dedicated her career to creating workforce development strategies and solutions that position communities for prosperity. She has a passion for helping people, organizations, and communities achieve success, however they chose to define it.

Trudy has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including as a faculty member in the post-secondary sector, a post-secondary program development consultant, and as the lead director overseeing a robust corporate continuing education division. Before joining MDB Insight, Trudy served as the Executive Director of the Niagara Workforce Planning Board (NWPB), a regional not-for-profit organization with a mandate for labour market planning and workforce development. As Executive Directors, Trudy established the NWPB as a credible labour market information research organization.

In 2011, Trudy joined MDB as Director of Workforce Development, a division established to help communities, organizations and individuals understand and respond to changing labour markets. She is now the first non-founding partner of the firm. Through her work at MDB she has helped many communities to align local supply and demand, attract and retain talent, and create strategies for future success.

Trudy is recognized for her community engagement skills and her ability to foster collaboration. Her success in implementing consultation strategies has resulted in the engagement of more than 1500 participants for a single project.

Trudy is invited regularly to share her insights at conferences across Canada and in the United States.  She has served on many boards, including as President with the Canadian Institute of Management and most recently as Director with the Economic Developers Council of Ontario. Trudy has authored numerous reports and articles on workforce development, human capital, and workforce populations that face barriers to workplace transition.

As a former resident of Newfoundland and Labrador, Trudy proudly responds to enquiries about her roots. She works out of MDB’s Hamilton office and lives in Caledonia with her family.